I think we are called to continually allow our financial practices to be challenged by the Gospel, and by the wisdom of those who have lived it before us, such as Maximus the Confessor (c.580-662). Despite Maximus’ counsel below, I am certainly not emptying my savings account, as I think we have a responsibility to prudently care for our households, and not to burden others if we can help it. Remember Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2 reminding his correspondents how he worked hard so as not to impose upon them. I don’t know of any way to resolve the tension around how Christians should deal with money. It seems we must live with the questions, and make the best decisions we can. Anyhow, here’s a word of challenge from Maximus, from the Centuries:
If we truly love God, we must love our neighbors absolutely. We cannot hoard our wealth. Rather, like God himself, we generously give from our own resources to each according to his need. Since we imitate God’s generosity, the only distinction we can draw is the person’s need. We do not distinguish between a good person and a bad one, a just person and one who is unjust…. Loving people are known by sincere and long-suffering service to their neighbors.